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Society and Health

Sociology for Health Professionals

Authors: Thomas, Richard K.

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For the first time, a guide to the sociology of health and healthcare that addresses the needs of both sociologists and health professionals. Written by a career health professional with a medical sociology background, Thomas applies sociological concepts to current healthcare issues, incorporates the latest findings from health services research, and provides clear examples of the uses of sociology in understanding the U.S. healthcare system. Each chapter contains illustrative boxed material, exhibits highlighting key information, suggested readings, and useful websites for more information.
With over 30 years of experience, the author provides valuable insights into the social aspects of health behavior and reveals an in-depth understanding of the social dimensions of the health delivery system. The book is a textbook for students of sociology and health, as well as a reference book for instructors and practitioners in the healthcare and sociology fields.

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Thomas (Health Planning Associates, Memphis) begins with chapters on basic definitions and concepts in a book that is one of the first to map out the contribution of medical sociology; social correlates of health and sickness; social stratification and deviance concepts applicable to health status and behavior, including the roles of sex, race, and age; the sociology of mental illness; and the sociological perspective on social change and technology. Each chapter begins with an introduction to the conepts and then proceeds to specific applications. Within each chapter are boxed text with clarifying material, suggested readings, and a listing of useful Web sites. The applicability of sociological research, concepts, and ideas has been shown to be an important adjunct to increasing an understanding of health and illness behavior. The way the text moves from abstract concepts to concrete practice enhances the utility and expediency of this work. Written in a clear and plain style, the book contains a topical index and glossary. It will be a practical reference text for students, sociologists, and health care professionals. Summing up: Recommended. Undergraduates through faculty.
(J.D. Campbell, University of Missouri - Columbia.)

--This review appeared in the June 2004 issue of CHOICE


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Society and Health
Book Subtitle
Sociology for Health Professionals
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47889-5
DOI
10.1007/b100539
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-47746-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-7788-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 374
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